by David Leventhal, Hope for Orphans blog

We want to thank you for the incredible outpouring of support for the orphans in Haiti.  The need has been great, but you, the Body, have overwhelmed us with your willingness and desire to serve the “least of these”.  We have been amazed at the numbers who have responded with a desire to open your homes and your hearts to these children.  We are sorry that we can’t respond to each one of you individually.  As of yesterday (Saturday),the Haitian government and the U.S. State Department issued a statement that only children who were in the process of being adopted will be allowed to leave the country.

We are thrilled that some of the children from Haiti Children’s Rescue Mission will be allowed to come to their forever families in the U.S.   We will do everything that we can to come along side these families and encourage, support and pray for them.  We are heartbroken over the children that will not be allowed to come to prospective adoptive families waiting for them on this end.  Paul Pennington and others have spent countless hours working to convince Embassy Authorities that we have home study ready families prepared to parent these children in the U.S.  Unfortunately, they are unwilling to allow these children to leave if they had not previously (before the earthquake) been assigned to an approved family.  These children should be available, through the normal adoption process, when the Haitian government resumes adoption placements.

If the Lord has used this tragedy in Haiti to ignite the flame in your heart to adopt, then we would encourage you to pray that His Spirit would lead you to your waiting child.  There are over 140 MILLION orphans across the globe. Not all of those are adoptable, but many are and your family might be the answer to their future.  There are approximately 118,000 adoptable children in the U.S. Foster Care system.  We encourage you not to miss God’s blessing.

Thank you to all who have worked tirelessly over the last few days to help these children:  volunteers, staff, physicians, churches, American Airlines, and so many others.  Please visit our website at www.HopeForOrphans.org to find out how you can engage your church to care for the orphan.  We will continue to post updates on this blog.

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